Wednesday, 6 December 2017

LSARRC News 5th December 2017

LSARRC impress at the Lancaster Half Marathon.

Tom Howarth

The Lancaster Half Marathon which includes a 5K Fun Run took place on Sunday 3rd December.  The Half Marathon started on the Lancaster cycle path alongside the River Lune and then headed towards the pretty village of Caton, before looping back towards Lancaster passing the start line.  The course then passed the Millennium Bridge, the Maritime museum and Carlisle Bridge and then the route continued down the Lancaster Quayside before heading for home.  Five Lytham members completed the route and they didn’t disappoint.  Mike Toft came 2nd overall after a fantastic run and Thomas Howarth wasn’t far behind in 13th.  Graham Webster ran a fantastic race, continuing his good form of late.  Full results:  Mike Toft 2nd place in 01:16:29, Thomas Howarth 01:23:37 (13th), Graham Webster 01:34:18 (38th), Chris Bowker 01:49:11 (88th), and Kirsten Burnett 01:54:29 (104th).  In the 5K fun run first position went to Ross McKelvie of LSARRC in a time of 18:00.  Well done to all.
Felicity Wolohan

Also on Sunday 3rd December saw 8 LSARRC participants in the Myerscough 10. This is a 10-mile road race, starting and finishing at Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, that has replaced the annual Guys 10 race.  Some of the course follows the old Guys 10 route but much of it is different as it meanders along some of the quiet rural lanes around Inskip. There were 258 runners enjoying the near perfect conditions for distance running. The race was won by Jack Wood of Ilkey Harriers in 53:54, with the first lady being local runner Emily Japp of Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC in 1:00:41. First home for LSARRC was Felicity Wolohan in an impressive 01:07:23 for 31stplace overall. Elsewhere Julia Rolfe won the 1st FV55 prize finishingin 01:24:45, 140th overall.

The full list of LSARRC finishers are: 31st for Felicity Wolohan in 01:07:23, 56th for Ian Tate in 01:12:13, 89th for Richard Storey in 01:17:28, 101st for Roy Stevens in 01:19:06, 119th for James Buckley in 01:22:12, 140th for  Julia  Rolfe in 01:24:45, 172nd for  Greg  Oulton in 01:30:15, and 226th  for Pam Binns in 01:44:23.

Joanna Goorney (Courtesy of Beau Dog Photography)
Sunday also saw the Bill Fox Gravy Fell Race Fell Race take place, which was attended by Joanna Goorney of Lytham.  The race started in Tintwistle, near Glossop.  The pleasant and well-organized race was five and a half miles long with a thousand foot of ascent onto the moors with a very muddy descent through woodland.  Goorney finished 48th overall, 7th female and 1st vet 45 out of a field of 224 runners, in a time of 47:05.

The previous weekend, on Sunday 26th November Greg Oulton took part in the David Staff Memorial Fell Race, named in honor of a member of the organisers, Darwen Dashers, who died aged 17 of cardiac arrest, profits form the race were donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young.  Starting ins Sunnyhurst Woods, near the Kiosk pub, the race heads up to Darwen Tower, round the moors and back, taking in Aggie’s Staircase at the mid-way point, finishing back in Sunnyhurst Woods near the bandstand.  Oulton described the course as tough, with snow on the ground with 800 feet to climb over 4 miles.  Oulton finished the course in just over 50 minutes, and with this being the day after the Liverpool XC this was a good achievement.
Paul Veevers at Lytham Hall parkrun

At the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday 2nd December there were 26 Lytham runners, and some outstanding results were achieved.   Seven Lytham runners came in the top ten with Draper gaining first spot and Veevers 3rd.  Goorney was the first female home and Samme with a new pb was second female overall.  Third female position went to Gill Draper of Lytham, 4th to Jennifer Hill and 5th female spot to Emily Balshaw.

Full results: Andrew Draper 17:48 (1st), Paul Veevers 18:25 (3rd), Ross McKelvie 19:16 (4th), Neil Tate 19:29 (5th), Justin Allitt 19:37 (6th pb), Joanna Goorney 20:00 (7th), Susan Samme 20:06 (8th), Gill Draper 20:45 (13th), Jennifer Hill 21:14 (15th), Emily Balshaw 21:36 (16th), Graham Webster 21:37 (who supported Emily Balshaw, 17th), Morgan Pritchard 21:40 (18th), Mark Selby 21:43 (19th), James Buckley 22:05 (24th), G Browne 23:15 (33rd), Kirsten Burnett 24:30 (53rd), Ian Balshaw 24:33 (54th pb), Eric Wrigley 25:31 (62nd), Greg Oulton 26:17 (74th), Christine Walker 27:37 (86th pb), Kate Benett 28:40 (103rd), Pat Bullen 28:52 (106th), Michelle Sheridan 30:15 (136th), Jeremy McCandless 31:13 (141st), Penny Morrison 31:31 (145th), and Sarah Bagshaw 31:36 (147th).

At other parkrun around the country Emily Hargreaves of Lytham attended the South Manchester parkrun and completed the course in 20:19, she was 19th overall and first female.  Terry Hellings ran the Basildon parkrun in a time of 22:19 for 8th position.  Finlay and Mark Hughes travelled to Birkenhead and ran the course in 23:15 and 23:19, respectively. 

The junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham was held on Sunday again there were a few Lytham juniors, 4 in total.  First home was Morgan Pritchard in 7:42 gaining first spot.  Lewis Bentley was second home for the club in 8:44. Jack Greaves ran 10:26 and Holly Anderson 15:13.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

LSARRC News 28th November 2017

A club record for Susan Samme at the Wesham 10k.

LSARRC at Wesham 10k
Sue Samme
On Saturday 25th November 2017, the Wesham 10K took place.  The Wesham 10k is one of the North West’s oldest continually running 10k road races.  Held every November, the race is slightly undulating, running around the lanes of Salwick and Lea Town.  13 Lytham runners completed the course.  Congratulations to Susan Samme who broke the FV50 club record at 10k and ran the course in a fantastic time of 41:45. 

Full results are as follows:  Susan Samme 41:45 (56th), Darran Ames 43:06 (69th), Adrian Sargent 47:11 (121st), Kathy Gaunt 49:06 (140th), Ruth Wheatley 51:56 (183rd), Robert Parker 56:06 (258th), Laura Byrne 57:01 (272nd), Jacquie Murray 58:33 (286th), Ruth Bye 59:25 (297th), Pamela Binns 1:02:12 (342th), Penny Morrison 1:04:58 (358th), Michelle Sheridan 1:05:50 (365th), Sarah Bagshaw 1:07:53 (380th).  There were 420 runners in all.

On the same day the British Athletics Cross Challenge took place, which also included, within the race, the 2nd fixture of the Mid Lancs cross country league.  The venue was Sefton Park, Liverpool.  The weather was cold and breezy with hail and rain showers making the course quite muddy in many places, however there were some great performances.  LSARRC fielded 15 men each running 9.8km to create two teams. Mike Toft was first home for Lytham, followed by Joe Greenwood and Christopher McCarthy.  Terry Hellings came 5th in the age category V60 and Graham Webster achieved first position in the V65 category.  In the team results Lythams first team (of Toft, Greenwood, McCarthy, Tate, Veevers, and Howarth) came 10th overall which is a fantastic achievement and Lytham B team (of Tuck, Bertenshaw, Hellings, Webster, Tate, and Stanfield) came 26th.  In the senior men, over 40 category the Lytham Team (of Hellings, Webster, Tate and Stanfield) came 11th and in the over 50 category the Lytham Team (of Hellings, Webster and Oulton) came 8th.

Under 11s at Liverpool XC
The results for the Mid Lanc were as follows:  Mike Toft 37:35 (42nd), Joe Greenwood 38:15 (51st), Christopher McCarthy 38:51 (66th), Neil Tate 41:08 (248th), Paul Veevers 41:20 (101st), Thomas Howarth 41:46 (107th), Jonathon Tuck 44:48 (175th), John Bertenshaw 47:12 (219th), Terry Hellings 47:27 (223rd), Graham Webster 47:36 (230th), Ian Tate 48:25 (236th), Gavin Stanfield 49:46 (254th), Chris Bowker 52:54 (281st), Mark Hughes 55:48 (294th), and Greg Oulton 61:33 (303rd).

Catherine Carrdus

In the senior ladies’ race LSARRC had 5 runners.  First home was Catherine Carrdus in 34:51 coming 23rd and 4th in the category L45.  Joanna Goorney followed shortly in 35:13, 26th overall.  Melanie Koth ran the course in 39:25, she was the 12th lady in the category L35, and 58th overall.  Julia Rolfe managed the course in 44:35, 109th overall and 8th L55.  Finally Dawn Lock cane 3rd in the L65 category in a time of 1:11:10, gaining 171st spot overall.

In the team results, the Ladies team came 9th  and consisted of Carrdus, Goorney and Koth.  In the Ladies over 35 the category the Lytham team came 8th (Carrdus, Koth and Rolfe), and in the V45 category the Lytham cohort were 9th and the team consisted of Carrdus, Rolfe and Lock.

Laura Bremner

The Under 15 girls team came 9th overall, with Laura Bremner coming 35th, in 13:54, followed by Lucy Bohannon 59th, in 16:12 and Holly Anderson 62nd overall, in a time of 25:50. 

Morgan Pritchard was the sole Lytham junior in the under 13 race, and he achieved a time of 13:51 coming 52nd out of 72 runners.  Lytham had 3 runners in the under 13 girl race.  Sophie Bohannon ran a great race and came 10th overall in 12:40, followed by Brogan Murphy in 13:35, 31st, and Sydney Ramsden came 71st in 15:01.  The team came 10th overall.

In the Mid Lancs under 11 boy’s category Lytham fielded 4 junior runners.  First home was Eric Wrigley in a time of 8:30, 40th overall.  Lewis Bentley finished 2nd for the club in 8:43, gaining 48th place.  Finlay Hughes was 64th in 9:14 and Jack Greaves finished the course in 11:11. The under 11 team were 12th overall with Wrigley, Bentley and Hughes.
Brogan Murphy

In the under 11 girls Jessica Ramsden ran superbly and came 28th in 9:35, followed by Clemmie Tierney in 9:52, 35th.  Shortly behind was Isabel Tuck in a time of 10:08, coming 43rd.  Leoma Gill ran the course in 10:37 and came 55th.  The team secured 11th position overall.  Well done to all the runners who represented the club.

As usual 5k parkruns took place around the country and several Lytham runners took part.  At the Lytham Hall parkrun there were 4 runners.  First home for Lytham was Kev Murray in 22:17 coming 18th overall.  Next was James Buckley in 24:41, this was his 50th parkrun.  Then it was Jeremy McCandless in 30:24 which was also his 50th run and Graham Young in 30:55. Jennifer Hill ran the Mile End parkrun in a time of 21:10 finishing 3rd female.  Neil Bayntun-Roberts travelled to Barnstaple and finished the parkrun in 21:13. The Princes parkrun was attended by Felicity Wolohan who was 4th female in a time of 22:59.  Further afield Roy Stevens ran the Faelled parkrun in Copenhagen in a time of 24:12 in frosty and sunny conditions.

On Sunday 26th November, there was a Run Preston 5k race and a Best Fun run for juniors. In the 5k road race Paul Veevers of Lytham came 3rd in17:55.21.  Charlie Ormerod was 22nd in 20:44.10, Sophie Bohannon 24th in 20:49.43, followed by Morgan Pritchard 29th, in 21:26.16, Emily Balshaw was 40th in 22:48.94, Laura Bremner 41st in 22:52.91, Brogane Murphy 43rd in 23:10.13, Lee Morrison was 47th in 23:47.62, Lucy Bohannon 59th in 25:37.64, Christine Walker 76th in 28:17.83, followed by Ian Balshaw 77th in 28:18.10, and Jake Balshaw 78th in 28:47.57.   There were several juniors who completed the Best Fun Run, and they didn’t disappoint.  Eric Wrigley came second, a great achievement in 05:08.50, followed by first girl home Clemmie Tierney in 05:40.10, 5th overall.  Jessica Ramsden wasn’t far behind (6th) in 05:59.92.  Ella Wiseman completed the course in 06:37.41 coming 13th.

The Park View junior parkrun was cancelled this week due to the course flooding.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

LSARRC News 21st November 2017

Graham Webster at the Myprotein Preston 10 mile Road Road
Sunday 19th November saw the Myprotein Preston 10-mile Road Race which included the Lancashire 10-mile championship, take place.  The fast, flat 2 lap course with almost perfect conditions, cool and no wind resulted in some exceptional performances by Lytham runners, several personal bests were achieved and it was the best performance of the club to date at this event.  LSARRC runners ran superbly and came away the Lancashire 10 mile men’s team champions and Lancashire 10 mile women’s team champions.  Graham Webster ran a great race and was the 1st V65 runner, making him 10 mile Lancashire champion and gold medalist.  Graham also set a new MV65 club record at the race, his time beat the previous record of 1:27:51 by 19.24 seconds which was a huge improvement.  This is the 6th club MV65 record Graham has broken since turning 65 in April.  Neil Tate knocked off 59 seconds off his personal best, other personal bests were achieved by Kirsten Burnett, Jennifer Hill, Gill Draper, Thomas Howarth and Darran Ames.  Well done to all involved.

Andy Draper

Results:  Mike Toft 00:57:03 (10th), Andrew Draper 00:58:54 (15th), Thomas Howarth 01:02:15 (35th), Neil Tate 01:02:18 (36th), John Bertenshaw 01:08:27 (115th), Catherine Carrdus 01:08:29 (116th), Graham Webster 01:08:34 (118th), Gill Draper 01:10:20 (144th), Darran Ames 01:11:22 (155th), Jennifer Hill 01:11:23 (156th), Kevin Murray 01:15:49 (221st), Chris Bowker 01:21:16 (295th), Kirsten Burnett 01:25:57 (351st) and Jacqui Murray 01:35:51 (465th).

Kevin Murray at the Myprotein Preston 10 mile Road Road
Also on Sunday Ruth Wheatley ran the Conwy Half Marathon in 1:57:39, which was a personal best time.  The scenic half marathon starts and finishes on the quayside in front of Conwy Castle.

The previous week Julia Rolfe ran in the Grand Union half marathon from Uxbridge to Watford on Sunday 12th November.  On a cold but sunny morning, on a muddy route with lots of puddles Julia ran a time of 2:00:06 coming 4th in the FV 50 category.  To celebrate his 50th birthday Greg Oulton travelled to Las Vegas and completed the Vegas Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon.  Starting at 2100 feet above sea level in the middle of a dry desert Greg didn’t expect a personal best time.  He ran the course in 2:09:58.

Weekend parkruns.
On Saturday 18th November 8 LSARRC members completed the Blackpool parkrun, which is more than usual as the Lytham parkrun was cancelled due to an event taking place at Lytham Hall.  Andrew Draper ran superbly and managed to finish first in 17:54. Third spot went to Chris McCarthy of Lytham, in 18:20 and the next to complete the course from Lytham was Neil Tate, who came 11th in 20:36.  Other runners included:  Darran Ames (22:16, 36th), Kev Murray (22:34, 46th), James Buckley (24:18, 61st), Roy Stevens (25:10, 72nd) and Penny Morrison (31:51, 158th).  Congratulations to Roy Stevens who ran a new personal best time and to Neil Tate, Darran Ames, James Buckley, and Penny Morrison for completing their 50th parkrun.

Further afield Graham Webster ran the Folkestone parkrun in 20:51 coming 15th out of 212 runners, and 1st vet 65.  Joanna Goorney of Lytham travelled to the Huddersfield parkrun and finished the course in 20:11, and Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran the Ayr parkrun in 21:57. Felicity Wolohan gained first female spot at the Huntington parkrun in a time of 20:42 and Julia Rolfe ran the Shrewsbury parkrun in 25:12. Also Rebecca Willets of Lytham completed the Harrogate parkrun, and Kirsten Burnett ran the parkrun at Cuerden Valley in 27:25 gaining a new personal best.

At the junior parkrun in Lytham on Sunday 4 juniors attended.  Eric Wrigley was first home for the club in 8:29 coming 3rd, Blair Selbie ran 10:38, Ella Wiseman 11:08 and Holly Anderson 11:37.

Friday, 17 November 2017

LSARRC News 14th November 2017

LSARRC impress at the Windmill 10k gaining 2nd, 3rd and 6th position, and lots of new pbs.

On remembrance Sunday, the Windmill 10k took place in Lytham.  The run starts at Fairhaven Lake and goes on the coastal front of Lytham, the course is flat and fast times can be achieved. This is a popular event in the running calendar and 1256 runners took part. LSARRC was very well represented in the race, lots of new pbs were achieved and special mention must go to Paul Veevers and Neil Tate, who came 2nd and 3rd respectively, Jonathon Tuck who was 1st in the category Male Vet Over 50 and Katherine Gaunt who was 4th in the category Lady Vet Over 50.  Paul Veevers, Neil Tate, Kirsten Burnett, Gill Draper and Ruth Wheatley achieved pb’s.
Paul Veever and Neil Tate with winner Paul Muller at Windmill 10k
Full Results:  Paul Veevers (36:17.17, 2nd), Neil Tate (26:38.16, 3rd), Jonathon Tuck (38:11.60, 6th),  Mike Toft (pacer, 39:43.53, 17th), Gill Draper (42:20.05, 48th first female for LSARRC), Kev Murray (45:53.58, 138th), James Buckley (46:08.81, 142nd), Peter Field (48:04:75, 199th), Kirsten Burnett (48:41.27, 220th), Katherine Gaunt (48:56.09, 234th), Roy Stevens (49:17.28, 245th), Ruth Wheatley (49:58.28, 273rd), Susan Hawitt (50:27.75, 288th), Robert Parker (52:39.31, 384th), Ian Balshaw (53:15.27, 415th), Jennifer Hill (pacer, 54:20.23, 460th), Jacqui Murray (57:37.96, 624th), Angela Bremner (1:03:55.70, 898th), and Sarah Bagshaw (1:07:55.41, 1016th).
Gill Draper at Windmil 10k
The Fylde Sports Awards took place on Friday 10th November.  The awards evening is an annual event that recognizes local achievements in sport during the previous year.  Kirsten Burnett was recognized for all her hard work and was jointly awarded Adult Volunteer of the Year.
Mark Selby, Kirsten Burnett and Barbara Holmes at Fylde Sports Awards
Saturday 11th November saw the 2nd fixture of The Red Rose Cross Country League.  Normally, the league holds four fixtures each year, usually from October to December and caters for both men and women from 8 years and upwards.  Eric Wrigley ran in the under 11 boys race and managed a good time of 7:47 for the 2k course coming 68th out of 104 runners.

At the Lytham Park Hall parkrun on Saturday 11th November 26 Lytham runners completed the course.  There were some fantastic achievements, Chris McCarthy was first to finish overall in a time of 17:59, followed by Andy Unsworth who came 3rd, and second for the club.  Neil Tate and Justin Allitt finished in the first ten runners, 6th and 8th respectively.  Not to be outdone the women secured the first two sports, Joanna Goorney was first female in 20:07, coming 13th overall, and Jennifer Hill was second female in 21:16, coming 20th overall. Two Lytham runners achieved new pb’s, Darran Ames ran the course in 21:14 and Michelle Sheridan finished in 30:15, well done to both.  Also, 11 Lytham runners completed their 50th parkrun on Saturday.
Darran Ames, Jennifer Hill and Terry Hellings at Lytham Hall parkrun
Full Results:  Chris McCarthy (17:59, 1st), Andy Unsworth (18:34, 3rd), Neil Tate (19:08, 6th), Justin Allitt (19:48, 8th, 50th parkrun), Joanna Goorney (20:07 13th, 1st female), John Graeme Bertenshawe (20:11, 14th), Mark Selby (20:45, 17th), Darran Ames (21:14, 19th, pb and 50th parkrun), Jennifer Hill (21:16, 20th, 2nd female), Terry Hellings (21:16, 21st), Graham Webster (21:58, 27th and 50th parkrun), Morgan Pritchard (22:04, 31st and 50th parkrun), James Buckley (22:40, 34th and 50th parkrun), Chris Bowker (23:19, 40th and 50th parkrun), Kirsten Burnett (25:23, 62nd, 8th female), Sue Hawitt (26:08, 73rd, 9th female), Robert Parker (26:27, 80th and 50th parkrun), Stephen Tate (26:38, 81st and 50th parkrun), Laura Byrne (28:34, 107th, 21st female), Pat Bullen (28:53, 109th and 22nd female), Jeremy McCandless (28:55, 110th and 50th parkrun), Ruth Bye (29:04, 114th, 24th female), Gillian Oliver (30:09, 123rd, 31st female and 50th parkrun), Michelle Sheridan (30:15 pb, 126th, 32nd female), Sarah Bagshaw (33:05, 153rd, 45th female and 50th parkrun, and Nicola Wiseman (51:08, tail walker/runner).

Several lytham runners completed other parkruns around the country.  Felicity W ran the Hackney Marshes parkrun in a time of 19:54 gaining 31st position overall and first female spot.  Roy Stevens completed the Sheffield Halam parkrun in 26:13. At the Beeston parkrun, Neil Bayntun-Roberts came 22nd in 20:47.  More locally, Paul Veevers stormed around the Blackpool parkrun in a time of 17:56 achieving 1st position overall.

On Sunday Ian Tate opted to run the Tatton Half Marathon and completed the course in 1:37:28, overall, he was 140th out of 1139 runners, and 22nd in Male V40 category.

At the junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham, on Sunday, 7 Lytham runners took park.  The juniors were impressive and first and second positions went to Charlie Ormerod and Morgan Pritchard.  Jayden Richardson wasn’t far behind in 4th place.

Full Results:  Charlie Ormerod (8:27, 1st), Morgan Pritchard (8:38, 2nd), Jayden Richardson (9:21, 4th), Blair Selbie (10:35, 14th), Rebecca Fisher (11:15, 19th), Holly Anderson (12:07, 26th) and Sophie Tate (15:09, 45th).

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

LSARRC News 7th November 2017

LSARRC at Lancaster Half Marathon
 On Tuesday 31st October Greg Oulton, Mark Selby, Kathy Gaunt, Kirsten Burnett, Rob Parker, Sue Hawitt, Sarah Bagshaw, Claire England and Rachel Wignall of Lytham entered the Herons Reach Halloween 5K Fun Run in Blackpool.  As the run was in the dark all runners wore head torches and some also ran in fancy dress.  The run was just over 5K, taking in the trails and small hills around Herons Reach.  The event was very popular and was a little over crowded however it was an enjoyable run threw some patches of mud and a rather smelly ford.

The Alliworth 8-mile trail race, near Grange Over Sands took place on Saturday 4th November.  This was attended by Greg Oulton of Lytham, the race had over 1000 feet of climb to tackle, a river, lots of mud and short stretches on country roads.  Conditions were excellent with blue skies and some sun shining through.  Greg finished in 71st place in 1:27:15.

At the Lytham Hall Park parkrun on Saturday 4th November 22 LSARRC members completed the course.  There were some excellent performances and 8 Lytham runners finished the course in the top 20.  Amazingly the first 3 spots were secured by Lytham runners, Mike Toft ran the course in 17:16, followed by Neil Tate in 18:03 and Joe Greenwood in 18:11.  In 14th position overall and second female Joanna Goorney achieved a good time of 20:30 and Graham Webster wasn’t far behind in a time of 21:01.  Jennifer was the third female home in 21:22, there were also 3 pb’s by Darran Ames, Ian Balshaw and Jake Balshaw (junior).

Full Results: Mike Toft (17:36), Neil Tate (18:03), Joe Greenwood (18:11), Joanna Goorney (20:30), Graham Webster (21:01), Jennifer Hill (21:22), Darran Ames (21:28), Terry Hellings (21:33), James Buckley (22:29), G Browne (22:43), Kev Murray (22:49), Ian Balshaw (25:09), Brian Porter (26:20), Stephen Tate (26:28), Robert Parker (26:49), Jake Balshaw (27:21), Christine Walker (28:27), Laura Byrne (28:28), Jeremy McCandless (29:53), Graham Young (30:09), Michelle Sheridan (30:45) and Sarah Bagshaw (32:51).
Felicity Wolohan of Lytham completed the Princes parkrun in Liverpool and achieved a time of 20:51, coming 20th and 3rd female.


Sunday 5th November saw the Lancaster half marathon take place.  Seven Lytham runners competed, conditions were perfect, clear and cold with only a slight breeze.  The race started and finished at the castle before going on an out and back course along the River Lune, which made for a nice, flat and scenic route before taking on the steep climb to the finish.

Andy Draper was 1st back for the club in 1:19:50, finishing 6th place overall.  Although 5 minutes outside his pb, Andy was pleased with his time given his recent injury.  Gill Draper had a great run and was next back for the club in 1:34:58 with a massive 20 minute pb, finishing 68th overall and 8th lady.  Sue Hawitt had a fantastic fun finishing in 1:56:33, 264th place.  Kirsten Burnett ran with Laura Byrne for some of the course before pushing on to finish in 2:07:01 with Laura finishing in 2:12:44, in 354th and 388th place respectively.  Ruth Bye had a great run finishing in 2:14:21, 395th place and a huge 10 minute pb from her time at the Freckleton Half Marathon this Summer.  Jacqui Murray was close behind finishing in 2:14:47, 400th place overall.

On Sunday Melanie Koth was the sole Lytham runner who completed the Through the Villages run in Wheelton near Botany Bay.  The course was very challenging, an 8.4-mile course which starts with a mile climbing.  The race goes around the villages of Wheelton, Brinscall, Abbey Village and Whitnell.  After the race, traditional hotpot is served to all the runners, in the village hall.  Melanie finished 102nd overall out of 302 runners, 12th lady and 3rd V40 in a time of 1:04:54.  The weather was perfect, beautiful sunshine and a little bit chilly on top of the climbs.

Sunday also saw the Abbey Dash 10k in Leeds take place.  Thousands of people ran for great causes, the course starts from Wellington Street, leading up Kirstall Road towards Cistercian ruins on Abbey Road and back.  Chirs McCarthy of Lytham ran the course in 34:58 coming 255th and of 8800 runners.  Chris said that the course was ideal with sunshine and a slight breeze on what is a flat and fast course.

Junior members of the club ran the Junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham on Sunday.  As it was the half term holiday from school there weren’t as many runners as usual, they included:  Jayden Richardson (9:20), Eric Wrigley (9:31), Rebecca Fisher (10:46), Ella Wiseman (11:15), Holly Anderson (11:34) and Sophie Tate (12:26).

Friday, 3 November 2017

LSARRC New 31st October 2017


LSARRC at Fairclough 5
Lytham St Annes Road Runners had a very successful trip to Thornton on Sunday 29th for the Fairclough 5, a rural five mile race finishing in Stanah Country Park.  Lytham had three men in the first seven with Mike Toft, third in 28:29, Paul Veevers, fifth in 29.08 and Neil Tate, ninth in 29:35 to comfortably take the men’s team prize. 
Sue Samme

Lytham women were not to be outdone by the men with Sue Samme (30th and 4th lady in 34:29), Kirsten Burnett (53rd and 10th lady in 40:46) and Julia Rolfe (60th and 2nd FV55 in 42:20) taking the women’s team prize. 

Running her first race for 3 years, GB international Sue Samme also took the FV50 first prize, comfortably achieving a club diamond standard time. In doing so she smashed the FV50 club record at this distance, beating the previous one by over three minutes. This means that Sue now holds the club five-mile FV35, FV40, FV45 and FV50 records as well as several others over different distances.

Graham Webster comfortably took the MV65 prize finishing in 29th place overall in 34:05.  Also flying the Lytham flag were Terry Hellings (34th and 2nd MV60 in 36:07), Adrian Sargent (47thin 39:28), Rob Parker (62nd in 42:43), Greg Oulton (70th in 43:52) and Dawn Lock (100th in 94:26).

Eric Wrigley
In the accompanying Fairclough One Mile Family fun run, ten year old Eric Wrigley was Lytham's only representative, running well to finish ninth in a time of 7:45.

On Saturday Lytham fielded 20 of the 179 competitors at Lytham Parkrun. Joe Greenwood and Andy Draper bagged the first two places while Jo Goorney and Gill Draper were the first two women. The third was Emily Balshaw who was the first junior girl. Running in the JW11-14 category, Emily posted an excellent time of 21:23, just three seconds off her personal best.

In the Blackpool Parkrun, Paul Veevers was beaten to second place by just eight seconds, while Felicity Woolohan was the second lady in the Princes Parkrun, Liverpool.
Mike Toft and Paul Veevers at the Fairclough 5

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

LSARRC News 24th October 2017

LSARRC runners at the start of the Green Drive 5
The eighteenth running of the Green Drive 5 took place on Sunday and yet again proved to be highly successful. The five-mile race is Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners’ showcase, and also hosts the Lancashire five-mile championships.

For the first time ever the event was sold out before the actual day. New race organiser Bob Clough moved the start time to 10am and introduced chip timing, both very successful innovations.

Start of the Green Drive Junior Mile
It was touch and go whether the event would do ahead at all with the threat posed by storm Brian. A late decision was made on Saturday evening to proceed, correctly as Sunday turned out to be just another breezy autumn day.

Graham Webster - 1st vet 65

The main race was preceded by the Green Drive Junior Mile with 89 juniors aged from just 4 to 15 taking part. Sheltered from the wind by trees, Danielle Whipp set the only record of the day with a female course record of 5:41. This beat the previous record set by herself two years ago, and this is her third win in a row at this event. The overall winner for the second time was Jack Tickle with a gun time of 5:20.

Competitors in the main race suffered a buffeting from the wind and wet feet from a small area of flooding. Rob Danson of Wesham Road Runners was the clear winner with a time of 25:54, one-and-a-half minutes in front of the next finisher. The first lady was Laura Hesketh of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers in 29:24, and fourth overall.

The race was also a team event and there were 28 teams of three men fielded by eleven clubs. Lytham’s and Wesham RR’s first teams tied for the top spot on 22 points but the trophy was awarded to Lytham on “countback”. This was where is depended on the position of the third counter. Preston Harriers were third.

Catherine Carrdus - first vet 45

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC beat Lytham by just five points to take the ladies’ trophy with Wesham coming third from eleven teams.

In the individual standings Lytham also performed well. John Bertenshaw and Graham Webster were first in the MV60 & MV65 categories respectively, while Catherine Carrdus was the first FV45. All three were rewarded with Green Drive 5 trophies and Lancashire Championship medals to add to their collections.

The previous weekend Ruth Wheatley ran the Lisbon Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in considerably different weather. Heat of 32° in the shade made conditions exceptionally tough, which were not helped by a 1.5km climb at the end. Despite this Ruth still didn’t quite manage a personal worst, struggling in at 2:22:26.
Rebecca Tate manning the water station
Tail runners